Bikepacking in the Peak District with Geoff.

I was asked if I wanted to join Geoff on a bikepacking trip to test his gear prior to his big french trip, so after a couple of aborted attempts (mainly snow) we set off on a glorious sunny day.

Photo by Chrissie

Geoff had devised a route that would include a cafΓ© stop,wildcamp, cafΓ© stop, cafΓ© stop & a campsite (& unbeknownst to me lots & lots of uphills)

A quick pause after two big climbs

After two big climbs out of Hayfield & up Rushup edge we dropped down the broken road & headed to Hope for the first cafΓ© stop of the day for coffee & cake.

Photo by Geoff

Once we were refueled we headed of to the ladybower area for a sneaky wildcamp, along the way we momentarily swapped steeds to compare the handling, I must admit that despite having little wheels Geoff’s Thorn handled pretty well πŸ‘.

Luckily it wasn’t a bridge too far!
Just because you’re an epic Adventurererer doesn’t mean you can’t be comfortable 😁

Once pitched & the bikes man handled down to the camp, we set about getting tea ready, for me it was a firepot Dal & rice with spinach, which was pretty tasty & spicier than I expected.

My sul table, I don’t think Geoff was impressed 😁

The following morning after being epic wild campers & consuming Adventurererers breakfasts we packed up & headed back to Hope for coffee & scones before setting off for Tideswell & lunch (it’s hungry work being epic Adventurererers).

I’m sure there’s been more uphills than downhills πŸ€”

Eventually (after more uphills than I can remember) we arrived at our campsite in Flagg & chillaxed until tea time.

After much coercing & arm twisting, Geoff eventually dragged me kicking & screaming to the pub for much deserved refreshments 😁

Oh go on then if I must 🍺🍺

The following morning we headed off on the final leg of our epic bikepacking adventure (stopping for coffee at Buxton 😁)

Geoff looking disappointedly at my lack of bright colours 😎

The final major climb of the day was appropriately named ‘long hill’ and whilst it was long it was a reasonable gradient and the summit was soon reached.

Photo by Geoff

The long climb was rewarded with a cracking descent that just seemed to go on forever with cracking views into the Goyt valley (a place I must revisit πŸ‘)

The final few miles where along the canal & the Sett valley trail back to Geoff & Chrissie’s house for coffee & lunch. A cracking finish to a brilliant trip, thanks to Geoff & Chrissie for your hospitality & good luck Geoff on your french cycle ride πŸ‘.


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